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Last night the 16th Filmfest Hamburg came to ist close with the German premiere of the Belgian-French road movie “Eldorado” in the presence of director Bouli Lanners.The 16th Filmfest Hamburg opened with the mountaineering drama “North Face”. The German premiere was attended by director Philipp Stölzl, lead actress Johanna Wokalek and the two actors Simon Schwarz and Georg Friedrich. This year’s Douglas-Sirk-Award was presented to the director Atom Egoyan. The renowned award is presen...

Terra wins first International award at Giffoni

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Terra recently began its European film festival run and has already picked up its first award at one of Europe’s largest and most acclaimed children’s film festivals: Giffoni.Every year the Italian festival invites thousands of children from all over Europe to participate in an extensive set of screenings and activities. A unique twist to this festival is that all the children attending act as jurors, voting for their favorite films and even explaining why. Past guests include Oliver Stone, ...

NEWSLETTER N° 345: January 4, 2008

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WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR   ___________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more The eight competition films for Nordic Film Award are nominated! SAG Awards nominations announced ...

MIFF Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

 Thursday, March 6---------Reaching a 25th anniversary is a milestone for any organization. For a film festival, it is a major accomplishment and a vantage point from which to appreciate past triumphs and survey new opportunities. As the Miami International Film Festival celebrated its silver anniversary at the glorious Gusman Center for the Performing Arts last evening, the mood was one of reverence for the past and anticipation for the future. “A Festival is nothing without the involvement ...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 And the Berlin Today Award 2008 goes to..."

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Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 with Dieter Kosslick, Dorothee Wenner, Stephen Daldry and Gustavo Santaolalla Match Factor by Maheen Zia from Pakistan winner of the Berlin Today Award 2008 Yesterday evening (Saturday, Feb 9) festival director Dieter Kosslick and Campus director Dorothee Wenner opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 before a crowd of ca. 600 invited guests in the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU 1. Until Feb 14, 350 Talents from about 100 countries will meet with intern...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 And the Berlin Today Award 2008 goes to..."

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Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 with Dieter Kosslick, Dorothee Wenner, Stephen Daldry and Gustavo Santaolalla Match Factor by Maheen Zia from Pakistan winner of the Berlin Today Award 2008Yesterday evening (Saturday, Feb 9) festival director Dieter Kosslick and Campus director Dorothee Wenner opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 before a crowd of ca. 600 invited guests in the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU 1. Until Feb 14, 350 Talents from about 100 countries will meet with internation...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6

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Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 with Dieter Kosslick, Dorothee Wenner, Stephen Daldry and Gustavo Santaolalla Match Factor by Maheen Zia from Pakistan winner of the Berlin Today Award 2008Yesterday evening (Saturday, Feb 9) festival director Dieter Kosslick and Campus director Dorothee Wenner opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 before a crowd of ca. 600 invited guests in the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU 1. Until Feb 14, 350 Talents from about 100 countries will meet with internation...

And the Berlin Today Award 2008 goes to...

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This Sunday (Feb 10) evening, the Berlin Today Award 2008 will be handed by director Wim Wenders to the winner of this year’s competition round during a networking dinner held by the Campus. The fifth Berlin Today Award goes to Maheen Zia from Pakistan for her short film Match Factor, which competed against the documentary Berlin Hair Today from Ole Bendtzen and the drama The Last Wash from Ville Jankeri. Anneke Kim Sarnau and Navid Akhavan played the leading roles in this intense story about ...

Short film competition, part of the Berlinale Talent Campus

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Short film competition, part of the Berlinale Talent Campus, will be under the patronage of German foreign minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2009."My Wall" - the theme of the next Berlin Today AwardThe BERLIN TODAY AWARD - the short film competition sponsored since 2003 by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg within the framework of the Berlinale Talent Campus - is entering its next round with a new purpose. In 2009, to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the upcoming editi...

The 20th European Film Awards : Hosts and Presenters

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In a truly European combination, the hosts fort his year's European Film Awards on 1 December will be the French actress EMMANUELLE BEART and German actor JAN JOSEF LIEFERS. They will be leading the 1,400 guests at Berlin's Arena through a celebration of the European Film Awards' 20^th anniversary.EFA President WIM WENDERS will welcome to Berlin founding members of the European Film Academy and two of the greatest faces on European screen - French actress JEANNE MOREAU and Norwegian actress/dire...

LOCARNO 2005 -- FULL WELLES RETROSPECTIVE

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LOCARNO 2005 -- THE FULL REPORT 58th LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MOST COMPLETE ORSON WELLES RETRO EVER -- by Alex Deleon  --  (for <www.filmfestivals.com>) The 58th installment of the Locarno film festival at the Tippety-top of glorious Lago Maggiore in the Italian Speaking part of Switzerland (Ticino) got underway on Wednesday, August 3rd and will go on until August 13. Some 300 films of all kinds will be projected at numerous venues all over town, but the main event is the slate of...

The Poet Of Alienation

 Thursday, August 2--------Michelangelo Antonioni, the Italian director whose chilly depictions of alienation were among the most cherished artistic breakthrough of international cinema, died earlier this week in his home in Rome. He was 94. In 1985, Antonioni suffered a debilitating stroke that left him partly paralyzed, but he continued to make films for two more decades. Along with his fellow auteur Ingmar Bergman (who died less than 24 hours earlier), this poet of alienation is one of the i...

Tribute to Milos Forman at next USA Film Festival

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The USA Film Festival, one of the nation's foremost cultural organizations dedicated to the recognition of excellence in the film and video arts, will present its Great Director Tribute to Milos Forman in conjunction with a special preview screening of his new film Goya’s Ghosts on Thursday, July 19, in Dallas. The evening will include a film-clip compilation tribute and a screening of Goya’s Ghosts, followed by an on stage Q&A session with Milos Forman.USA FILM FESTIVAL’S GREAT DIRECTOR ...

Festival Opening With A Spanish Twist

Friday, June 1-------The 23rd edition of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema, Portugal's oldest and most prestigious event, opens this evening with back-to-back screenings of new films from Spain. The honor of a double Opening Night attraction from Portugal's neighbor (and frequent rival) is the Tribute To Spanish Cinema that is the centerpiece of this year's event. Over 20 Spanish films will be screened....most in the special Hommage section, but others interspersed in the ma...

The Golden Age of Documentaries

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Friday, February 16----Much has been written about the "golden age of documentaries" that we suddenly and fortunately are currently immersed in. Perhaps it is a response to a violent and confusing world to which we are looking to bring knowledge, healing and understanding. Aside from aesthetic considerations, the documentary has also proven to be a highly profitable item for distributors, with such films as FAHRENHEIT 911, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS and this year's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH...

One City, Two Legends

Thursday, February 8----Two legends collided in one city tonight as the Berlin International Film Festival began this evening. For one night only, Edith Piaf waltzed with Marlene Dietrich on the steps of the Berlinale Palast, in the heart of the "new Berlin" Potsdamer Platz. Of course, the two, most deceased, were not dancing in the flesh. But when the music of Edith Piaf, as captured in the Berlinale Opening Night Film LA VIE EN ROSE, spilled onto the streets of Marlene Dietrich Platz, two l...

Montreal World Film Festival: 30 and still standing

Monday, July 10---It's been quite a year for the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL!!! Not only has it emerged triumphant from a near-fatal loss of federal funding and the creation of a rival festival event last year, but it has confounded its critics by coming back stronger than ever in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary as North America's only FIAPF approved competition festival. The rival event, funded by local media powerhouse Equipe Spectra and headed by former Berlinale topper Mortiz de Ha...

Mineapolis Fim Festival: cinema esoterica in upper Mid-West

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Al Milgrom, founding father (along with Mpls. Businessman Tim Grady) of this most eclectic of hinterland festivals, has been waging a relentless battle for nearly two and a half decades to introduce off-beat celluloid Americana and quality foreign film Esotrica into this Land of Sky Blue Waters, Pillsbury flour silos and (ulp) Norveegin farmers. Says Dr. Milgom: "Sometimes it's a hard sell, but we feel it's our cultural duty to cinema-educate these plain(s) folk and show them that there's mor...

FEST, The International Film Festival

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If the Cannes Film Festival represents the culture of central Europe, for the film media, there are several international film festivals in Europe and the world, and one in Eastern Europe, the International Film Festival FEST in Serbia and Montenegro. FEST, The International Film Festival takes place in Belgrade and has the long 34-year-old tradition. During its 34 years, this festival hosted big names in the filmmaking show business. It is not easy to promote the world cultural co-operation, in...

Berlinale reached its climax with the awards ceremony

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With the Award Ceremony, the Berlinale reached its climax on Saturday, February 18. Hosted by Heino Ferch in the Berlinale-Palast, the event was broadcast live on 3sat. Viewers in the theatre and at home feverishly awaited the announcement of the winners (see the List of Prize-Winners). In addition to the prize-winners, the illustrious guests of the evening included: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Meret Becker, Bibiana Beglau, Jürgen Böttcher, Detlef Buck, Ingrid Caven, Hannelore Elsner, ...

Wim Wenders to be honored at Miami Film Festival

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German auteur director Wim Wenders will be feted with the Career Achievement Tribute by the Miami International Film Festival, which will be held from March 3 to 12. Wenders joins a distinguished roster of Festival honorees including actress/director Liv Ullmann, Spanish director Carlos Saura and Brazilian director Hector Babenco.“We are proud to pay tribute to this legendary director, writer, and producer whose contribution to the spirit of independent cinema continues to inspire filmmakers a...

EFA takes over from DDA production of the awards ceremony

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Following 8 years of successful collaboration with DDA Productions, who have financed and executive produced the European Film Awards ceremony, the European Film Academy is again moving into a new era. Starting with this year's edition, taking place on Saturday 3rd December in Berlin, the European Film Academy will take over the production of its annual celebration of European filmmaking. This mutually agreed development brings to its natural conclusion the trend started in 2003, when Wim Wende...

Personalites in Locarno Fest, masterclass and promo

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The big event of the week was the one day visit August 8 of Hollywood actress and Oscar bearer Susan Sarandon. Susan gave a so-called “master class” which is a recently coined festival term to glorify a guest appearance in which a famous film personality talks more or less at random for an hour or two to a gathering of professional admirers. The Italians have a special soft spot for Ms. Sarandon as she was once married to an Italian singer and has two children by him. The actrice who is...

Cine Vegas Film Festival Rolls the Dice and Hits Lucky Seven

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Once again, The 7th annual CineVegas Film Festival is held at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theaters June 10th to the 18th, 2005. Opening with the compelling HUSTLE AND FLOW, CineVegas celebrates its seventh year with an impressive line-up of films and special events and parties. Once again, this emerging festival introduces important new films from new and established film industry players. Programming Director, Trevor Groth, also of Sundance, hopes to continue a lucky streak that has giv...

Cine Vegas Film Festival Rolls the Dice and Hits Lucky Seven

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Opening with the impressive HUSTLE AND FLOW, CineVegas celebrates itsseventh year with an impressive line-up of films and special events. Once again, this emerging festival introduces important new films from emerging andestablished film industry players. Programming Director, Trevor Growth, also ofSundance, is enjoying a roll having debut film’s at Cinevegas 2004 that laterscreened at Sundance 2005.Festival opener HUSTLE AND FLOW, directed by Craig Brewer and produced byJohn Singleton, is a c...

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